On the wonderful new Shirley Bassey album The Performance there's a song written by David Arnold and Don Black that sounds like the best Bond song that never was.
No Good About Goodbye is one of those big, dramatic, camp ballads with sweeping strings, bolshy brass and our Shirl belting out the words in??her own inimitable style.
The song would have sounded great over the top of the opening credits of the last Bond blockbuster Quantum of Solace – this Youtube clip shows what could've been:
So much more effective than Jack White & Alicia Keys' pitiful attempt, Another Way To Die, don't you agree? Hell, the song even features the lyric 'quantum'.
According to a story on Bond fansite www.mi6.co.uk, the Bassey??song was not in fact a rejected track from Quantum of Solace?? (see here).
Apart from the opening string line, there was no material from the movie soundtrack. Only a few lines of the song were written and it was far from complete by the time Jack White and Alicia Keys were chosen to perform Another Way To Die, said Arnold, speaking to MI6.co.uk.
When he was asked to produce Bassey's new album, Arnold teamed up with Don Black to finish the song for her specifically.
Still, it just goes to show that when it comes to Bond, nobody does it better than Bassey.